Denise Appleby is founder and owner of Appleby Retirement Consulting,which provides technical consultation, content, coaching, writing, editing and training services on related topics.


With more than 14 years of experience in the IRA and defined-contribution plans fields, Appleby has held several senior retirement-plan related positions with Pershing LLC, which included vice president of plans products and services, retirement plans manager, trainer, training manager, compliance consultant, technical help desk manager and writer.

Appleby's wealth of knowledge in retirement plans lead to her making appearances on CNBC's Business News and being quoted in The Wall Street Journal, where she gave her insights on retirement planning. Her expertise and knack for explaining complex retirement plans rules and regulations in a manner which makes them easily understood, has created a demand for her to speak at various conferences and seminars around the country.


Appleby has extensive experience in the field of training the staff and financial advisors of many broker-dealers on retirement plans and related topics.

Appleby has written over 200 articles for several newsletters, including the Pershing LLC's SixtySomething, Pershing LLC's The Pershing Press, Ed Slott's IRA Advisor and Investopedia. She is also an editor, providing technical editing services for books, newsletters, articles and other material on retirement plans and retirement planning. Books edited by Appleby include "Quick Reference to IRAs" by Gary lesser and Don Levy (2003); "SIMPLE, SEP and SARSEP Answer Book" by Gary Lesser and Susan Diehl, "Parlay Your IRA Into a Family Fortune" by Ed Slott.

During her employment with Pershing, Appleby served as a member and firm representative of the Security Industry Association's (SIA) Retirement and Savings Committee. She has also spoken at the SIA Savings & Retirement Symposium, which is attended by financial services professionals from a variety of fields, including marketing, sales, legal, operations, and strategic planning.

Appleby has received several recognition awards for outstanding job-related performances. These include Pershing's leadership award for significant contribution to the development of a system rules engine as well as policies and procedures for dealing with the changes effected by new tax laws. She was also a recipient of the Outstanding Representative Award from the New York Metropolitan Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals

Appleby, a Rutgers State University graduate, holds the following professional certifications:



  • Accredited Pension Administrator (APA), National Institute of Pension Administrators, Chicago IL

  • Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP), Institute Of Certified Bankers, Washington DC

  • Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS), College of Financial Planning, Denver CO

  • Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC), International Foundation for Retirement Education (InFRE)

  • Certified Retirement Services Professional (CRSP), Institute Of Certified Bankers, Washington DC